Hamilton Beach 33956 Set 'n Forget 5-Quart Slow Cooker, White
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- 5-quart oval-shaped slow cooker for soups, pot roasts, curries, and more
- Flat-panel digital controls; precise temperature probe for large cuts of meat
- Manual or pre-programmed by time or temperature cooking options
- Automatic keep warm; locking glass lid reduces spills when transporting
- Measures approximately 16 by 9 by 16 inches; 1-year warranty
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However, that won't stop me from helping others, who read these reviews, from being duped by slow cooker companies' empty rhetoric.
Allow me to quantify a problem with this cooker:
You can set the probe to a low temperature of 140 and that is good. HOWEVER, this cooker's "Warm" setting runs at a temperature of 180 (I tested mine this morning, after ruining a nice cut of slow cooker meat).
Here is the reason why some of us have posted that these cookers are cooking too hot: Meat proteins, which contain moisture, start to shrink at a temperature of 140-150 (see "On Food and Cooking", Harold McGee, page 163, 2004) and causes the meat to start drying out.
You CANNOT set and forget! If the cooker's temperature is 180 on the warm setting, then whatever you put in the cooker will come up to a temperature of 180, at some point in time--REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU SET THE PROBE AT.
This means that you cannot braise tough meats. Why? Because, tough meats require low and slow cooking to avoid drying out the meat while melting the tough connective tissue which make the meat unpleasant to consume. While I have not checked the cooker's temperature on the low setting, braising tough meat should be done around 160-180. I remain confident that if the warm setting is 180, then the low setting can only be hotter.
Now, I can fully understand that companies are covering their rear-ends because of safe cooking practices; however, 180 degrees is excessively safe (even ground beef is beyond well done at 180).
The truth to this is that you cannot use this slow cooker as a set and forget with meats.Read more ›
I also bought this as a gift for my brother and his large family. We were all amazed at how much we could cook in this. So, it works great for a large family. The directions do recommend that the crock is filled for best results or expect it to cook faster if it is only half filled. That may be why a few people on here had their food cook too fast. I haven't had a problem with that at all. Would recommend this for anyone and I got on sale, so good purchase for the money.
Bought another Rival, a 5 qt oval crock pot. It got way to hot, it's only good for making boiled jerky out of your roast! This despite putting it on low. Even trying to cook on low for a mere four hours, this will turn a roast into a tough, boiled piece of leather.
We thought perhaps Hamilton Beach would be a better choice, so we went back and spent the 40 bucks to buy this stay and go digital model. Same problem. Apparently all the "new and improved" crock pots have been made much hotter than the old ones, and cook much faster. This makes them virtually worthless for making a decent roast or slow cooked batch of stew. My old crock pot from the 80s made every roast so tender it fell apart. This Hamilton Beach stay-and-go... and the Rival 5qt oval model we bought... will both speedily boil your roast into an unappetizing chunk of leather that is difficult to cut, let alone chew.
GET WITH IT Rival and Hamilton Beach! Make a NEW slow cooker that actually... ahem... COOKS SLOW.... on a LOW temperature for 8 hours or so, or don't bother selling it to me. I'm returning this new Hamilton Beach model... and going to some second hand stores hoping I can buy a REAL slow cooker in serviceable condition from back when they made them to BE slow cookers... rather than just an electric boiling pot.
Again, note: In four hours, on LOW temperature, these new ones will turn your roast into boiled tough jerky. Don't waste your money until Rival and Hamilton Beach wake up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great slow cooker. Very easy to program and cooks evenly. Easy to clean and holds a good deal of food. I have made many stews and soups and all have turned out great! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Liz
LOVE this crock pot! Have had it since 2010 and it's still going strong. My favorite thing is the lock-down handles. No more spilled food in my car on my way to church potlucks! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stacey P
Really great crock pot. If you know what you are doing, everything will come out perfectly in this crock pot! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jen
Perfect for cooking big meals for potluck dinners, and celebrations. It makes it easier to carry because the food doesn't spill with the lid that locks on.Published on April 18, 2014 by Celia Wilkinson
Too big and too bulky. Not easy to clean. Heavy and after a few months it began to leak. Very disappointed.Published on December 18, 2013 by JMC
DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF JUNK. Didn't use it for a time and then tried to use it, but it would not work IT IS DEFECTIVE AND THE RETURN POLICY EXPIRED WITHIN ONE MONTH. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer